BGA 45 Cordless Blower

Is a Handheld Leaf Blower Suitable For You?

Stihl has some of the best quality products that you can get for your money. They do what they say they’ll do, and they’re always reliable. The Stihl BGA 45 Cordless Leaf Blower is as good a handheld leaf blower as you’ll get with our current battery technology. But handheld leaf blowers have limitations which make them suitable for very specific use cases. Let’s touch on a few of those so you can decide if it’s what you need.

The Lightest Handheld Leaf Blower

The Stihl BGA 45 is hands-down one of the lightest handheld leaf blowers you can get. It weighs only 2kg. It has been designed for home use, specifically on garden paths, driveways or similar areas. And it has been designed to be used by anyone of any age — but designed for older people in particular. But the lightness and usability come with some very large downsides which make handheld leaf blowers suitable only for specific domestic purposes.

A Battery Powered, Handheld Leaf Blower

The Stihl BGA 45 uses a lithium-ion battery. This makes it very easy to maintain, very easy to use, and light. But it also means the battery only lasts for about 10 minutes of use. This means it’s absolutely not an industrial or professional-level leaf blower, or even for a medium or large sized garden.  A handheld Leaf Blower works well in a home with a small BGA 45 Cordless Blowergarden, a semi-outdoor or confined area, a garden shed, entrance, or any small area where leaves, dirt and dust gather. 

Long Recharge Time

The Stihl BGA 45 is perfect if you only plan to do a quick sweep for 5-10 minutes at most. After 10 minutes, the battery runs out and it will take a few hours to recharge. This is too long for many use cases, but if you’re not looking to do a large amount of blowing, you’ll find this more than adequate for keeping things tidy every day. If you plan to do anything on a larger sized garden or if you plan to spend any longer than 5-10 minutes clearing out the garden, you’re going to require something else.

We hope this gives you some clarity on handheld leaf blowers. Feel free to check out our high powered leaf blowers, and if you have any questions about this product or any of the other leaf blowers we have in stock, you can reach us on 021-4965132.


The Stihl BR700 Leafblower

At Douglas Forest & Garden, we provide some of the best quality leaf blowers available on the market. For example, the Stihl BR700, which is a professional-level leaf blower often used by landscapers and groundskeepers. View our full range of leaf blowers. Or read on to learn a little more about the Stihl BR700.

Is the Stihl BR700 Powerful?

The BR700 is extremely powerful, making it perfect for professionals. The blowing power makes it exceptional for our Irish weather, where leaves and grass clippings are often quite wet and tend to stick to the ground. The power also means you can blow up twigs and small sticks and get everything neatly rounded up into piles for mulching.stihl-br700

The downside of having such a strong, effective leafblower is that the powerful engine is heavy. Weighing 10.8kg (1.7 stone), wearing this backpack for long periods of time is not easy. As a result, some professionals will buy this for the heavy-duty work and then have a second, lighter and lower output leafblower for smaller properties.

Stihl BR700’s Comfort and Efficiency

The BR700’s blowing tube is quite ergonomic and easy to set up for different people. You can change the tube length to get it closer or further from the ground. The handle is also adjustable for different arm lengths. It’s very simple and straight-forward to switch between different users, which is an excellent feature for professional use.

With a powerful leaf blower, you are usually going to trade off on lightness and comfortability. The backpack is strong and well built. But it’s not as comfortable for day-to-day use as a lighter leafblower would be. Because of the extra weight, it has a great deal more power that is excellent for certain situations but overkill for smaller areas.

The other downside of the powerful Stihl BR700 is that it’s going to guzzle petrol, so this is something to keep in mind when you’re making your purchasing decision.

Do you have any other questions on the Stihl BR700? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Douglas Forest & Garden on 021-4965132.

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When to Use a Vacuum Shredder

Are you considering buying a vacuum shredder, but unsure if it’s suitable for your garden? While leaf blowers are a handy way to keep your lawn tidy, unless you have a clearing nearby, you’re often still left with the task of cleaning the leaves and debris afterwards. One possible solution for this is the Stihl SH 86 C-E Vacuum Shredder  (currently on sale).

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When to Use a Vacuum Shredder

Keep in mind that vacuum shredders work best on small-to-medium sized, well-manicured lawns. So if you have a two-metre pile of leaves you are not going to get the results you’re after. But if you have an already reasonably tidy lawn with small piles of leaves, this could be the thing for you. It will pick up rubbish and debris also without disturbing soil beds, mulch or gravel.

The Stihl SH 86 C-E also functions a leaf blower using the included attachment, so you’re essentially getting two devices for the price of one. The SH 86 C-E also comes with a bag attachment and hose for its vacuum function. It can suck leaves not just from the lawn, but from your decking, drive and gravel, as well as mulch and straw. It’s strong enough to vacuum up the leaves without disturbing your garden or gravel or sucking up other unwanted material. It also does a fine job of mulching the leaves so that they can be used for fertiliser. Weighing in at 5.6kg, it’s not too heavy and it’s comfortable enough to use for extended periods. It’s also handy if you used a hedge strimmer and want an easier way to dispose of the trimmings.

Turning your Stihl Vacuum Shredder into a Blower

Transforming the Stihl SH 86 C-E into a blower is also quite simple. You just remove the bag and hose, remove the vacuum nozzle, then slide on the blower nozzle. Then crew it in so that it is airtight. To set this up, you’ll spend less than five minutes in total. The Stihl saves a lot of space and cost, especially if your shed is already full enough!

Interested in finding out more? Check out this great review of the Stihl SH 86 C-E. If you’d like to purchase a Stihl Vacuum Shredder at Douglas Forest & Garden, or you simply have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0214965132.


4 Must Have Pieces Of Garden Equipment

4 Must Have Pieces Of Garden Equipment

Upkeeping your garden is easier and faster when you have the right garden equipment. However, rather than buying every piece of garden machinery going, we suggest having some of the most important ones at your disposal in your garden shed. The right garden tools are essential for carrying out different jobs around the home like cutting the grass, trimming the hedges, trees and shrubs, getting rid of leaves and detritus etc. There are many tools available but here are 4 must-have pieces of garden equipment to have in your garden shed.

4 Must Have Pieces Of Garden Equipment1: Lawn Mower

Lawnmowers are one of the most useful pieces of garden equipment when it comes to taking care of your garden. They ensure your lawn is kept in top condition so you really should have one in your shed. They are very easy to use and maintain, there are many different makes, types and models of lawnmowers which offer great cutting performance and different features. When buying a lawnmower make sure you get one that suits your lawn size and preferable features.

2: Pruning Equipment

It is wise to invest in quality pruning equipment to keep your garden looking beautiful. There are various types and sizes of pruning tools depending on the type of job you are doing in your garden. Whether you are pruning or trimming small branches, large branches, bushes or shrubs, there is a tool perfect for every situation. Pruning regularly will keep the parts of your garden in the desired shape and size. Without pruning on a regular basis, hedges, trees and plants will grow rapidly and leave your garden looking like a mess.

3: Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is a small tool that is essential for doing different gardening tasks like digging, planting, smoothing or moving small amounts of materials. They are lightweight so they do not require a big physical effort to use and use for long periods of time. Hand trowels are perfect for many garden chores, operating in confined spaces and they are relatively low in cost. It is best to buy one with a sturdy connection between the blade and handle and one with a comfortable grip for your hands to avoid hand fatigue and give you optimal control.

4: Blower

When the autumn season comes in, leaves start to fall and gather around your garden. When it comes to getting rid of all these materials falling in your backyard, driveway, or lawn raking and picking them manually can be a frustrating task. As well as that, you will be wasting so much time and energy. Garden blowers make leaf and detritus clearing an easy and time-saving task so they are must-have pieces of garden equipment.

To see our full range of garden tools and machinery, visit us online today or visit us in store in Frankfield, Cork.

3 Great Blowers For Autumn 2018

3 Great Blowers For Autumn 2018

It is that time of year again, Autumn time, the weather is getting windier and the days are getting shorter. Most gardeners hate the mess the Autumn brings, leaves all over the lawn, plants fading away and dying, clunky debris and the general mess of the garden. We are here to help, we stock all kinds of garden machinery to deal with everything all seasons put us through as homeowners. During Autumn time our garden blowers are exactly what is needed to keep that garden looking fresh and clean of any detritus. Here are 3 great blowers for Autumn 2018.

1: Stihl BG56 C-E Blower

The Stihl BG56 C-E blower is perfect for cleaning up debris especially leaves which are left lying on the ground, on paths or the home driveway. This blower is very powerful and has low emissions. Garden work doesn’t have to be hard with this fantastic machine. The handheld petrol leaf blower features Stihl ErgoStart which makes starting it effortless. The BG56 C-E has a special stop switch along with a semi-automatic choke lever which makes it virtually impossible to flood when starting this unit. A vacuum adaptor kit is available which can convert this blower into a vacuum shredder. Its nozzle is round in shape and the machine itself weighs 4.1kg.

3 Great Blowers For Autumn 20182: Stihl BR200 Backpack Blower

The Stihl BR200 backpack blower is a low weight backpack blower with the power to easily deal with any blowing task around the garden. It has a simplified starting system and anti-vibration system which provide added comfort and help reduce user fatigue. The BR200 single-handed operation is super easy to control. The 35.5 oz. fuel tank apart from this machine means fewer refuels compared to handheld blowers, therefore, fewer interruptions. It is equipped with an adjustable support harness that distributes weight evenly across the shoulders and back which reduces fatigue during operation. This bower weighs 5.8 kg.

3: Stihl BR700 Backpack Blower

The Stihl BR700 backpack blower makes removing leaves and messy detritus from lawn and garden driveway. This ultra high-performance blower has a length-adjustable blower tube and a handle position adjustment which can be adjusted easily to suit the operator. Its high blowing force output is great for removing cuttings, leaves and debris easily. There are lots of fantastic features to this powerful and innovative blower. The blower has Stihl 4-MIX engine technology which provides fast acceleration, more power, lower noise, reduced emissions and increased fuel efficiency to perform tasks quickly, quietly and easily. The BR700 comes with a semi-automatic choke for smooth and easy starts. The weight of this powerful and portable machine is 10.8kg.

If you are thinking of buying a new blower or getting one for the first time these 3 garden blowers are perfect to upkeep your garden. For more information on these blowers, call us today on 021-496-5132.